Virgin Media Business (VMB) has hooked up a single public sector network (PSN) across London that will allow all 33 boroughs in the capital and other public authorities to share services on the network.
The completion of the network hark backs to a contract won by VMB in 2011 from the London Grid for Learning after it replaced previous supplier Synetrix.
At that time the network connected only into schools, but VMB was tasked with expanding its scope to offer it to any public sector authority in the capital, including hospitals, police forces and councils.
VMB has now finalised this work meaning all 33 boroughs, from Camden to Wandsworth, are able to buy services more cheaply than if they were run individually on an isolated network.
The network still supports schools, while other public sector bodies such as police forces can also access the network, as well as being able to connect into the government intranet facilities, via the same network.
Mario Di Mascio, executive sales director at VMB, said that completing the network would bring huge benefits for all those involved.
“Creating one single network for London councils is a huge step in the right direction towards a truly connected capital,” he said.
“Bringing these boroughs together is not only bringing huge cost savings, but is ensuring that for the first time Londoners can benefit from a completely connected city and its streamlined services.”
John Jackson, chief information officer for Camden Council, said he expected the benefits to be immediate and would help cash-strapped councils do more for residents.
“Experience to date indicates that a cost reduction of between 25 and 75 percent is deliverable for products and services delivered in this way which, depending on how we develop London PSN as a shared service, could top £1bn over the next decade.”
16 May 2014 | 10:41 am – Source: v3.co.uk